I don't know if any of you ever experienced the old-fashioned hand pump like my grandmother had. I can barely remember as a child, watching from her kitchen window, as she carried an old metal bucket out to the yard and worked the pump handle until her bucket was filled. As I got a little older she would let me try to pump, but it was difficult; each downward stroke a struggle for my young back and arms. Then she got indoor plumbing, and the old, antique pump stood as a reminder of days gone by.
But it was an amazingly simple operation, and the following pictures illustrate the process:
|4 " well cap with three ports.|
|Drop pipes with embedded sucker rods are layed out and sorted.|
|Each additional link of PVC is then tightened, until you have lowered |
it far enough to reach your water level.
So we decided to wait until the next business day and order a couple more links of pipe and sucker rods to finish our installation. Well, my husband went out a couple of hours later and decided to try pumping again, and discovered that while the tension on the pump is much lighter than the old-fashioned heavy iron handles, you still have to apply some muscle to your stroke! He pumped vigorously for 75 or so strokes, and felt the pressure building until about stroke 120, we had water! The last piece of pipe has a drain hole that allows water to drain out of the pump assembly. This prevents freezing of your pump in the winter. It takes about 10 pumps to re-prime before the water starts flowing.
So now to finish out our project, a new well house will be constructed; large enough to be able to stand up inside of it and have the room to extend the full length of a handle stroke. And I have to admit that it gives me a huge satisfaction to know that, short of a dramatic God-like drought, we will always have water. It truly is the elixir of life!
John 4:13-14 " Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life."